Release Date/Time: 7/21/2014 6:29 PM
Incident: Search Warrant
Report #: 14-070880
Date: Friday, 7/18/2014
Time: 9:49 AM
Location: 200 Block of Central Avenue
On July 8th, Salinas Police Officers arrested Branden Morrison (32) for possession of illegal narcotics and possession of a loaded firearm. Salinas Police Department case investigation led to obtaining a signed search warrant for Morrison's apartment and Monterey County STING Task Force helped in serving the warrant on July 18th. During the execution of the search warrant, a subject who resided with Morrison, Ricky Dinola (31), was seen leaving the apartment and was stopped and detained by STING agents. Dinola was found to be on Parole/Probation Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. When STING agents entered the apartment to serve the search warrant, they found Morrison in his bedroom, a Michael Walraven (31) in the spare room, and Sierra Papageorgas (21) in the bathroom. It appeared that Pappageorgas was flushing or destroying evidence while in the bathroom. Papageorgas was searched by a female officer and she was found in possession of a small amount of heroin.
During the search of Morrison's bedroom, officers found methamphetamine packaged for sale, a digital scale, narcotics related indicia, .22 caliber ammunition, and a large amount of US currency. The quantity of methamphetamine and the packaging was consistent of illegal narcotics sales. Walraven who has been contacted and arrested several times over the past several months for narcotics sales and illegal weapons possession, was out on bail. A search of his back pack revealed a large quantity of heroin packaged for sales and a small amount of methamphetamine. Officers searched the room belonging to Dinola and found a loaded 9mm semi-auto handgun, a high capacity round magazine (not loaded), and some .38 special ammunition. A records check on the handgun showed that it was not properly registered. He was also in possession of small amount of concentrated THC (butane honey oil).
All the above subjects were transported, booked, and lodged at the Monterey County Jail for multiple narcotic related and weapon charges.
Release Authorized by: Eulalio Villegas Jr.
Telephone: (831) 758-7250